RE-ENTRY MENTOR

JOB OVERVIEW AND REQUIREMENTS

This position works to help those young men who have been recently released from incarceration navigate the challenges of re-entry and find success. In this position, you will work directly with recently released returning citizens, 17-25, with the goal to break the cycle of incarceration.  Research shows that as many as 75% of ex-prisoners find themselves back in the criminal justice system within the first year, and our goal is to change that trajectory for the young men of Stamford by providing the structure and resources these young men need to successfully transition back into our community. We believe having a re-entry mentor will help with this goal.  Re-entry mentors will help these young men navigate the many challenges that are specific to this group.  In addition to mentors, our program offers vocational skills training, mentoring support, transitional employment, and job placement and support.
Reports to: Re-Entry Director, Greg Brunson

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Relentless Relationship Building with the young men in the program (70%)
·       Build relationships with young men based on Domus’ Positive Youth Development Approach; 
·       Be available to the young men in person, by phone and by text;
·       Be emotionally available to share personal experiences and how succeeded in the face of adversity;
·       Help plan group and recreational activities;
·       Attend group sessions with the young men and go on recreational activities with them;
·       Utilize Domus’ core principles and Youth Development Approach to build relationships, most importantly never giving up and giving many chances;
·       Participate in the development of an Action Plan with each young person that identifies long-term and short-term goals that the young person sets for himself;
·       Provide skill building and support (individually and group) as to transition struggles, included but not limited to:  housing, employment, peer and social groups. 

Community Connection and Collaboration (20%)
·       Connect young people to community resources;
·       Support them in accessing these services, understanding they may be reluctant to do this alone at first;

Data Collection and review (10%)
·       Document interactions with young people

ESSENTIAL REQUIRMENTS

  • ·       A great sense of humor!
    ·       A strong work ethic;
    ·       Ability to work in a new program, where we will be learning together as we build our model;
    ·       Able to work one evenings, and respond to young people as needed;
    ·       Commitment to our mission, values and core program beliefs
    ·       Similar life experiences as the young men we serve, preferably have been incarcerated;
    ·       Stable for at least 2 years
    ·       Flexibility and adaptability, able to shift styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
    ·       High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
    ·       Love of young people, especially young people others consider unlovable

Domus is an equal opportunity employer. Spanish speaking people and people of color are strongly
encouraged to apply.

COMPENSATION

·       Salary approximately $17/hr.
·       Part-time, hourly position approximately 10 hours per week, some evening and weekends required

OUR HIRING PROCESS

·       We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. That being said, we will review all applications received by February 14th.
·       To apply, send a brief letter of interest to Greg Brunson at gbrunson@domuskids.org .
·        We would like to have the selected candidate start March 4th, 2019.

Domus Kids is an equal opportunity employer. Spanish speaking people and people of color, especially those from Stamford, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

CORE PROGRAM BELIEFS

·        We believe that within each of us is a desire to move towards health and achievement, under the right conditions.  It is our job to provide young people with those conditions.
·        We believe that every young person wants to love and be loved.  It is our job to love these young people, and to help them learn to love themselves and others.
·        We believe in the power of belonging.  It is a core human condition to want to be missed when we are gone.  We will miss young people when they are absent and we will express that: “We didn’t see you yesterday. We missed you.  We are glad you are back”. We will make sure every young person belongs in our community.  No matter what.  “She drew a circle to shut me out. Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win. We drew a circle that took her in”(Edwin Markham)
·        We accept young people for who they are.  Right here. Right now.  They do not have to change to be respected and loved and valued and be a member of our community. Behavior is not a condition of their worth as human beings.
·        We believe that every young person wants to be in charge of their own life.  To that end, we will give young people a voice in this program, and choices of how to best accomplish their goals.
·        We are hungry to understand if our interventions are having the intended impact.  We will be meticulous in our data entry, and ruthless in our hunt to understand the data and learn from it. If what we are doing is not working, we will set aside our egos, intentions and preconceived notions and we will change what we are doing.
·        We believe that the young people with whom we work deserve our full attention and our best selves.  Therefore, we will:  NOT allow our personal beliefs or baggage to interfere with our work; we will commit to doing excellent work all the time on behalf of our young people; we will be honest and transparent with ourselves, our colleagues and our partners. To be very clear, by working in this program we are committing to:

  •  Working out our personal issues outside of work;

  •  Refraining from gossiping at all costs—bringing all issues directly back to the person OR to the group session;

  • Learning our craft before practicing on our youth;

  • Giving and receiving honest feedback, even if it is uncomfortable to hear or say